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January 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Scouting report: Oregon

Oregon senior guard Joseph Young leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.1 points per game. (Photo credit: Scott Olmos - USA Today Sports)

Oregon senior guard Joseph Young leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.1 points per game. (Photo credit: Scott Olmos – USA Today Sports)

Scouting report: Oregon.
Game info: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).

TV: ESPNU (Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 12-5, 2-2 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Oregon and Washington.

Coach: Dana Altman is 108-49 (.688) his fifth season with the Ducks. He is 519-295 (.589) in his 26th year as a Division I head coach and 642-319 (.665) overall in 30 years. Prior to joining Oregon on April 26, 2010, Altman spent 16 seasons at Creighton where he became the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 327-176 (.650). He led the Blue Jays to 13 consecutive postseason appearances and 11 straight seasons with 20-plus wins. In four seasons (1990-94) at Kansas State, Altman amassed a 68-54 (.557) record. He also had a 15-13 (.536) record in one season (1989-90) at Marshall.

Prediction: The Beavers were picked eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

Series: Washington leads 188-109 in a series that began February, 12, 1903. The 297 meetings between the two schools is the second most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (343). The teams split two games last season with each team winning at home. Oregon has won five of the past six games against Washington. Lorenzo Romar is 16-12 all-time against Oregon. Altman is 6-5 against UW.
Last meeting: Washington lost 78-71 to Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena on Feb. 19, 2014. Perris Blackwell led the Huskies with 17 points and Andrew Andrews had 15.

Previous game: Oregon lost 108-99 in overtime to Washington State at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday.
Odds: Washington is a 5-point favorite.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior guard Joseph Young averages 20.1 points, which leads the Pac-12. He’s also one of the best free-throw shooters in the nation. Young is 55 of 60 (91.7 percent) at the line and ranks seventh nationally. He’s reached double figures in all but one game this season. He has scored at least 20 points nine times this year. Young tallied 32 points Thursday at Washington State, which matched his season high. His personal best is 36. He scored 18 points in both games against Washington last season.

Romar on Young: “He can really shoot the ball for starters. He is one of the rare kids these day that have a mid-range game. He’s extremely athletic so he can get all the way to the rim on you. You have to get there and contest is his shot or it’s going to go in. If he gets a couple of steps on you and you come up underneath with your big, he can pull up for the mid-range (shot). He’s a pretty versatile scorer. Him and (Chasson) Randle from Stanford, those two guys in our league, they can just go get you buckets when you need a bucket. Joseph Young, he’s been able to keep them in games single handedly. There’s some guys that are really good shooters and they score – top five in the league in scoring – but if you’re really there with them, you can limit their production. Young, it’s a tough task, tough challenge for 40 minutes.

Jordan Bell, left.

Jordan Bell, left, has 60 blocks this season.

Jordan Bell shattered Oregon’s single-season blocks record, and now has 60. The 6-9 freshman from Long Beach, Calif. has more blocks this season than 179 teams in the NCAA, including four in the Pac-12. His eight blocks last week against Arizona State tied a school record for most blocks in a game. Bell averages 6.7 rebounds. He’s had at least 10 rebounds in four games and his personal best is 12. Offensively, he’s limited. Still, he makes 59 percent of his shots and averages 5.9 points.

Dillon Brooks is another standout freshman. He’s second on the team and second in the Pac-12 averaging 13.4 points. Brooks was spectacular in nonconference games, but he’s fallen off a bit in Pac-12 play. He’s averaging 9.8 points in league games.

— Junior forward Elgin Cook scored a personal-best 26 points and collected 10 rebounds Thursday against Washington State. He’s one of four returners.

OVERVIEW:

— The past year has been a tumultuous time for Oregon and Altman. Three players (Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin) were dismissed following a sexual assault scandal. Five-star recruit Jaquan Lyle is academically ineligible. Cook and senior guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit were cited by police for shoplifting. Most recently, Altman and Oregon were sued by the alleged victim of the sexual assault that involved three Oregon players. And Oregonian columnist John Canzano has pushed for Altman to be fired.

— The Ducks have played 10 newcomers this season.

— Oregon is among the top 30 teams nationally in scoring (24th, 77.8 ppg), rebounding (14th, 40.2 rpg) assists (25th, 16.1 apg) and blocks (13th, 5.9 bpg). The Ducks lead the Pac-12 in scoring and assists.

— Oregon’s freshmen are accounting for 39 percent of the team’s scoring (30.5 points per game) and 43 percent of the total rebounds (17.2 rpg).

— Oregon has 101 blocks on year, compared to the 113 the Ducks recorded in 34 games last season. The school season record for blocked shots is 146 in 2012-13. At 5.9 blocks per game, the Ducks would surpass that total in just eight more games.

— The Ducks have won seven of their last nine games. Four of those wins have come by seven points or less, and two were in overtime.

— Oregon is 12-0 when shooting better from the field than the opponent, and 0-5 when being outshot. More telling is that the Ducks are undefeated (7-0) when holding the opposition below 70 points. Oregon is also 12-1 when having more assists than the opposition.

— Freshman Ahmaad Rorie starred at Tacoma’s Lincoln High. He started the first 10 games, moved to the bench and returned to the starting lineup Thursday. Rorie considered UW before picking the Ducks last summer.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG. RPG. APG MPG. FG% FT% 3FG%
F Jordan Bell 6-9/215 Fr. 5.9 6.7 1.4 23.3 59.0 50.0 0.00
F Dillon Brooks 6-6/225 Fr. 13.4 5.1 2.3 28.8 47.2 84.6 34.1
F Elgin Cook 6-6/205 Jr. 12.0 6.3 1.5 25.8 50.3 67.5 0.00
G Joseph Young 6-2/180 Sr. 20.1 5.0 3.8 35.7 44.6 91.7 35.9
G Ahmaad Rorie 6-1/175 Fr. 6.1 3.1 2.4 24.8 41.0 82.1 38.2

 

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